The Kingsway is an upscale residential neighbourhood with a green and tranquil feel. It is located just east of the Humber River parklands, with Bloor St W. to the south, Dundas St .W to the north and Montgomery Road to the West.Traditional stately homes are set back on sizeable leafy lots, the winding streets have no sidewalks and are shaded by majestic oaks & maple trees. The area truly feels like a rural English village-yet it is within the city! Schools, parkland, Kingsway shopping, churches & the subway system are all within walking distance.
The Kingsway neighbourhood was originally developed by Robert Home Smith. Its initial concept began in the early 1900’s, with the majority of the development being completed between 1924 and 1947. The completion of the Bloor Street bridge over the Humber River in 1924 was a large factor in the success of the developing neighbourhood -at that time! Home Smith loved everything English and his lofty ideal was to establish an English style garden city of the highest quality with homes in “Kingsway Park” to resemble English country residences in the 19th century British style. These spacious mostly Tudor homes demonstrate the architectural details of that era including wonderful stone enhanced exteriors, half timber designs, spacious & elegant principle rooms exceptional wood and leaded glass details. There are also fine examples of Arts and Crafts and Georgian style residences –all on spacious lots. Despite his well-intentioned approach to the traditional look, the area was built with the automobile in mind, and all homes had discreetly placed garages. Smith also created The Old Mill Restaurant in the community.
The Kingsway shopping district runs along Bloor St. W between Prince Edward Drive to Montgomery Road. Featuring a unique centre median, Kingsway flags & banners, attractive coach lights and flower gardens the district offers an excellent variety of fine restaurants and cafes, green grocers, boutiques and specialty shops as well as an array of professional services. For other grocery shopping the residents have easy access to Loblaws on Dundas St –just east of the Humber and several strip malls just west of Prince Edward –along Dundas St.W
Tennis courts, outdoor pool, winter skating and large playground are available in the Lambton –Kingsway Park off Prince Edward Drive. There is a hockey arena (Central Arena) and a health club and indoor swimming pool (Memorial Pool and Health Club) on Montgomery Rd. which offers a full range of swimming, aquafit & exercise classes . An expansive Public Library on Brentwood-near Bloor St offers a variety of programs for adults and children too. Home Smith Park accessed from Dundas St, is part of an extensive paved trail that links cyclists, walkers and joggers to the Martin Goodman trial along the waterfront. Driving to downtown Toronto is approx. 20 minutes and the drive to the airport is approx. 15 minutes from this community.